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Hunger doesn’t get a summer vacation

Many children and families eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends ...

‘Religious freedom’ scams are especially devious

Pity the poor, put-upon anti-gay bigots.

Franklin Graham ignores racism, oversimplifies police brutality

Easter was last Sunday, but Rev. Franklin Graham is still wiping egg off his face.

Celebrating the Black Press

Last week, publishers from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Jackson, Mississippi, Atlanta, North Carolina, New York, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Baltimore gathered in Washington, D.C., to celebrate 75 years of Black newspapers telling our stories.

Wade, ‘First Family of the Housing Projects’

Approximately three weeks ago, I suffered a mild heart attack. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Robert T. Wade, a longtime family friend in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, died at the age of 94. Against the advice of close friends and even some relatives, I ...

Young, gifted, Black and abused

In the course of one week we witnessed the burden of being young, gifted and Black.

The state of Black America – Education

“What the people want is very simple: they want an America as good as its promise.” – Rep. Barbara C. Jordan

Maxine Waters works to shrink wealth gap

One of the leading freedom fighters in the United States Congress is none other than the extraordinarily dynamic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Waters does not bite her tongue. Not only has she gained the top Democratic seniority position in the ...

Free speech hypocrisy, the damage of bigotry and hatred

This winter the media’s been ablaze with stories about racist, homophobic and sexist slurs being hurled this way and that by college students and other adults.

Low-income children to get shafted by Congress

Congress is about to strike a deal that takes care of seniors and doctors but leaves low-income and “at-risk” children short. Congress’ annual struggle to avoid cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates so physicians will continue to give seniors the care ...

I had no idea I had a heart attack

Nothing was more startling than when a cardiologist looked me directly in the eyes and said matter-of-factly: “It looks like you had a heart attack.” I was dumbfounded. When? Where? How much damage was done? Why didn’t I know it?

Austin – we have a problem!

There is no question that these are difficult times, and in Texas it seems the times get more difficult whenever the Legislature is in session. Already during the 84th Texas Legislature we’ve been treated to a barrage of issues, from ...

Lynch must be confirmed as attorney general

Loretta Lynch, the president’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as the U.S. Attorney General, is poised to become the first African American woman to lead the Justice Department. She is a Harvard-educated lawyer with a reputation as a tough prosecutor.

Inequity in education funding shortchanges our future

“That all citizens will be given an equal start through a sound education is one of the most basic, promised rights of our democracy. Our chronic refusal as a nation to guarantee that right for all children, including poor children, ...

Women’s History Month: A proclamation by the president of the United States of America

Throughout history, extraordinary women have fought tirelessly to broaden our democracy’s reach and help perfect our Union.